F&W's Grace Parisi explores the differences between yakitori and sukiyaki as she creates her own healthy riffs on these fabulous classics.

By Food & Wine
Updated June 28, 2017
Pork Tonkatsu

Pork Tonkatsu

In Japan, tonkatsu—fried, breaded pork cutlets—are hugely popular. For this version, use low-fat pork tenderloins.


Fish Teriyaki with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumbers

This is a fairly classic take on teriyaki—broiled or grilled slices of marinated meat or fish. The small amount of sugar in the soy-based sauce caramelizes in the heat, creating a deliciously sticky glaze.

Warm Soba with Pork, Shrimp and Cabbage
Credit: © Tina Rupp

Warm Soba with Pork, Shrimp and Cabbage

This soup is packed with shrimp, pork, mushrooms, noodles and cabbage, so it's a terrific one-bowl meal. The broth is delicately seasoned with store-bought dashi, a Japanese stock made from dried bonito (tuna) flakes.

Chicken Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is sometimes prepared tableside in restaurants; chefs stir-fry strips of beef, then add tofu and vegetables. Instead of beef, cook chicken breast with light tofu, mushrooms and spinach in a minimal amount of canola oil, then serve the dish with a mild soy sauce broth and steamed rice.

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Beef Yakitori

Yakitori are grilled chicken skewers. Here, substitute lean beef, add mushrooms and scallions, then brush on a savory combination of miso, soy sauce, sugar and fragrant sesame oil.

More Great Recipes:

March 26: Shoyu Ramen
Homemade ramen should be your Sunday project. This version has a pork-and-chicken-based broth that gets extra depth of flavor from kombu (seaweed) and shoyu (Japanese soy sauce).
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Thai Chicken, Zucchini and Tomato Curry
Credit: © Kana Okada